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The Year is 2040 (5800)

The UnConference

Visions of Jewish Life and Learning in 2040 (5800)


Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

 New York Academy of Medicine, New York City


Registration now open!

To view the complete schedule click here


Registration 2:45 – 3:15 pm
Conference 3:15 – 6:30 pm EST

5:30 – 6:30 pm EST portion of the conference will be Live streamed via Webcast

What will the Jewish community look like in 2040? 
What challenges will we need to address when considering Jewish education?

The Unconference format guarantees that you, the participant, will have your voice heard more than 50% of the time – how unique for the Jewish Community!

Keynote presentation by Futurist Professor David Passig
In their own styles hear from
Alicia Jo Rabins, Rabbi Mishael Zion, 
Join a mix of people to hear new ideas, dream of the Jewish world in 2040, and add YOUR voice to the conversation. 

Contact Debbie Seiden for more info

Sponsored in part by our friends and colleagues at:

 Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah  

Artist Alicia Jo Rabins presentation is supported by:
The Covenant Foundation

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Join us immediately after the Jewish Futures UnConference for a Celebration benefiting The Jewish Education Project, honoring Dorothy Tananbaum and Introducing the recipients of the 2014 Young Pioneers Award. RSVP here:



2:45 – 3:15 ▪  Registration

3:15 – 5:00 ▪ Session I – Imagining our Future

  • Enhancing IQ with Advanced Interfaces – This presentation will demonstrate how advanced technological interfaces are making our children smarter.                                                                                              PROFESSOR DAVID PASSIG, futurist, lecturer, consultant and best-selling author who specializes in technological, social and educational futures. Professor Passig is the chair of FutureCode Ltd., which develops and employs tool kits of computerized Futures methods in decision making processes. @drpassig
  • WORLD CAFÉ. During this session you will build on discussions of key ideas, themes, and perspectives as you rotate to different tables with new groups of people.

5:00 – 5:30 – Meeting and Connecting

5:30 – 6:30 ▪ Session II – Visions of our Future

This portion of the conference will be live streamed and recorded.

All presentations in this session will be in the fast paced**PechaKucha style.

           ALICIA JO RABINS, Composer, performer, poet, Jewish educator, and bandleader of Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about the women of the Torah. @ohaliciajo

           RABBI DAN AIN, Part preacher, part philosopher, part interviewer and provocateur, Dan lectures on the present (and future) ideological clash between our burgeoning technological beliefs and traditional Jewish faith.  @rabbidan

           JINA DAVIDOVICH, Jina has presented her poetry at the Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican, as part of the Slam Master Poetry Competition, and has taught about Poetry and Psalms at Isabella Friedman Jewish retreat. @jinadav.

           RABBI MISHAEL ZION, Co-Director and Director of Education at the Bronfman Fellowships, Mishael has served on the faculty of the Hartman Institute and the Skirball Center in New York –and blogs regularly at Text and the City..

▪             RACHEL SKLAR, writer and social entrepreneur , Rachel is the co-founder of Change The Ratio, which increases visibility and opportunity for women in tech & new media, and, a network & media platform for awesome women (supported by the Knight Foundation)

▪           TEEN COMPETITION WINNER,YISHAI BARTH describes himself as a “human node in a web of creative ideas.” He is an 18 year old former homeschooler currently attending Newton North High School in Massachusetts. Yishai has cerebral palsy and serves as an advocate and activist for people with disabilities. He shares his extensive expertise in assistive technology with others and is a peer mentor.

**PechaKucha is a rapid fast-paced style of presenting enhanced by a PowerPoint presentation – Each presentation will include 18 slides with 18 seconds devoted to each. Total presentation time:  5.40 minutes.

Announcing the Jewish Futures – YOUTH COMPETITION

We see young people everywhere inspired to change the world.

Now it’s YOUR turn to imagine the future of your community by completing the sentence…..


How to Participate:

Send us a 1-2 minute video showing us your vision to spark change

Submit your entry by Monday, March 31st 2014 to dseiden@jewishedproject.orgParticipants must be 13-18 years old as of May 21st 2014

Read competition Guidelines and Rules before entering.


A judging panel will choose up to 2 winners who will work with Jewish Futures team members to develop a 5 minute presentation about your idea.

You will present your idea at The Jewish Futures Conference on Wednesday, May 21st2014, at theNew York Academy of Medicine in NYC.

Each winner will receive a prize of $1000 + travel to NYC and 1 night accommodation for you and a chaperone


Jewish Futures Conferences convene cutting edge thinkers to bring the most ground-breaking ideas of the 21st century into Jewish education.These events help spark new thinking about how to reach and inspire today’s learners.

The conferences also showcase emerging thinkers who present fresh approaches to Jewish education and Jewish life through The Jewish Futures Competition.

For more information call or email

Debbie Seiden at or 646.472.5362

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